Tuesday 02 September 2014

today's weather Today's Weather
Staying cloudy and dry for much of the country this evening, but brighter spells in the south and the southeast will slowly extend further north. Winds will remain light.

Tonight's Weather
Dry tonight and cloudy, but some clearer spells will develop in parts of the south and east. Temperatures will fall to between 8 and 12 degrees in light winds or calm conditions. A few mist patches will form too.

today's weather Tomorrow
Wednesday will be another dry day but once again it will be generally cloudy. Some sunnier spells are likely though in parts of the east and south. Temperatures will climb to between 17 and 20 degrees in light southeasterly winds.

3 Day Outlook
Thursday: The weather continues to remain generally dry and settled, but there may be a some light rain or few light showers across the mid-west of the country during the day and over eastern counties later in the evening. There will be good sunshine during the day, especially over Leinster and Munster, and highest temperatures will range 18 to 21 degrees.

Friday and Weekend: The trend is for very little rainfall but with north-easterly winds bringing cooler conditions. Temperatures will drop by about a degree each day through the weekend, with highest values on Sunday of 14 to 18 degrees.

Early next week: A few showers at times (some of which may be heavy and thundery), but generally dry with sunshine, and temperatures improving towards mid-week.

Irish Water Safety - Stay within your depth when swimming in open water
Irish Water Safety is appealing to the public to stay within their depth when swimming in open water during this current spell of hot weather, following an analysis of the thirteen drownings in last year's heat wave.

  • Swim at Lifeguarded waterways - www.iws.ie/bathing-areas-page.html
  • If there is no Lifeguarded waterway nearby then swim at a recognized, traditional bathing area
  • Swim within your depth - stay within your depth
  • Use local knowledge to determine local hazards and safest areas to swim
  • Ensure that ringbuoys are present
  • Make sure that the edges are shallow shelving so that you can safely and easily enter and exit the water
  • Only drink alcohol after your aquatic activity has ended. Stay Away From The Edge after you consume alcohol
  • Never bring inflatable toys or floating killers to beaches, lakes or rivers

The majority of drownings, 62%, occur inland where river and lake beds can be difficult to see and therefore extremely difficult to determine if you are swimming within your depth. The onset of cramp, combined with the panicked realisation that you are out of your depth can have tragic consequences and be compounded further by the muscle cooling effect of longer periods in open water. Bear in mind that in a recent analysis on drowning over the last 25 years we discovered that 32% of drowning victims had consumed alcohol so stay away from water when you have been drinking.

  • Shout to the casualty and encourage them to shore. This may orientate them just enough
  • Reach out with a long object such a branch or a piece of clothing but do not enter the water yourself
  • Throw a ringbuoy or any floating object and call 112 for the coast guard